Backgrounds Influence the Story
It’s no secret I’m really into backgrounds. Nor a secret I’m really into clouds (as my bud McNally calls me, Dances with Clouds). When you combine those two thoughts to aviation, you then not only give the subject a place in space, but influence the story you’re telling with your photos. Here are two examples of what I’m talking about, taken literally just seconds apart as the B-17 made a pass during the recent Oshkosh airshow. It was part of one of the Tora Tora Tora shows, representing the flight of B-17s coming into Pearl as the Japanese attacked. Shooting with the D4 / 80-400VR3, I just let the shutter fly as it made its pass.
The top photo, the B-17 is starting to make its run. The background is full of smoke from the “Zeros” that made the pass before it. While you can’t really identify what’s going on, it still leaves one with the feeling that something isn’t right. Then as the B-17 continues it’s run, it’s in front of simply pretty clouds and that relates a totally different feeling telling a totally different story. And finally it comes up to the infamous Tora Tora Tora “wall of fire” smoke and than there is not question a battle is going on. The plane is the same, the time is only seconds apart but with the total change of the background, you change the story. Paying attention to backgrounds, even to the slightest change can totally influence your story!